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Product description

Allan Ahlberg’s classic book of comic school rhymes has tickled generations of readers. From picking teams to forming gangs, and from friendships to quarrels and excuses, these warm and witty rhymes capture universally familiar experiences from school and childhood. A book to delight every child, and spark dozens of memories in grown-ups!

“Hilarious and poignant verses about primary school life. A real winner.” Guardian

Also available: Read and Respond activities to accompany Please Mrs Butler.

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Date published

August 30th, 1984

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  • 96 pages



Allan Ahlberg

7079 allan ahlberg 206756


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What kids think

  1. Croc 113527

    on 4 March 2014

    I memorized ‘Back to School’ after we learned the poem at school. Even my mum loves it!

    5out of 5
  2. Pearl 113298

    on 8 March 2013

    This is a very sweet book

  3. Gruffalo 113679

    on 6 March 2012

    it is criminally funny!

  4. Avatar cat 761729

    on 6 March 2011

    so funny

    5out of 5
  5. Bellasara 113282

    on 27 February 2011

    charming book about primary school life. loved it as a child used to say it too my teachers!